|January 20, 2005
Walter M. North of Galesburg, professor emeritus of sociology at Knox College, has been inducted into the College Scholarship Service Hall of Fame.
North is widely acknowledged as one of the pioneers in the field of college financial aid. He is among a group of 50 inductees who, the College Scholarship Service stated, have "made significant and lasting contributions to the financial aid profession."
In addition to teaching at Knox from 1950 until his retirement in 1988, North served as Knox's director of financial aid from the creation of the office in 1958 until 1979.
"Walter North understood and implemented the legacy of the Knox founders that young men and women should be able to receive a college education regardless of their means," said Knox College President Roger Taylor.
"My wife Anne and I both received Knox educations that changed our lives because Professor North patiently helped our families work through the financial aid thicket. Many other Knox alumni have told me that he did the same for them," said Taylor, who, along with his wife Anne Taylor graduated from Knox in 1963.
When Federal Educational Opportunity Grants -- one of the earliest student aid programs -- were created in the 1950s, North gave talks about the program at colleges throughout Illinois. For more than 20 years, he was an advisor for the Illinois State Scholarship Program. Among the many recognitions he has received is a Distinguished Service Award from the Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
North earned a bachelor's degree at the College of William and Mary, and master's and doctoral degrees at the University of North Carolina. He also conducted research in the sociology of work and served as a consultant for Illinois Bell Telephone Company.
Other College Scholarship Service Hall of Fame honorees include Donald M. Stewart of the Chicago Community Trust and former president of The College Board; and Francis Keppel, U.S. Commissioner of Education from 1962 to 1965, a posthumous inductee. The induction ceremony was held at the College Scholarship Service annual meeting, Nov. 1 in Chicago.
The College Scholarship Service is a division of The College Board, a non-profit association with programs in college admissions, guidance, assessment, and financial aid, including the SAT, PSAT and Advanced Placement examinations.
Founded in 1837, Knox is a national liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, with students from 46 states and 50 nations. Knox's 'Old Main' is a National Historic Landmark and the only building remaining from the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates.
CSS 2004 Hall of Fame Awards
Financial Aid at Knox College